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Today's rapidly changing and increasingly complex health care environment requires advanced technology to guide patient care. One of the key components in this exciting new era is simulation. Using life-like computerized mannequins and trained actors (Standardized Patients), the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center replicates today's complex clinical setting, for both students and healthcare workers. In the RISE Center, participants experience specially designed scenarios to practice important cognitive, teamwork, and psychomotor skills needed to provide safe, quality care to patients.

The RISE Center at Robert Morris University, developed in 2009, is a major regional educational resource and a center of excellence for simulation training and research. The center's internationally recognized faculty and specially trained simulation specialists and technicians work side by side with health care organizations around the region, creatively broadening the educational experience of health sciences students by maximizing their learning opportunities. The RISE Center facilitates simulation education in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer:

The RISE Center currently features:

  • Two high-fidelity treatment rooms
  • One critical-care room
  • Two classrooms/debriefing areas
  • One low-fidelity nursing skills practice lab
  • Five adult simulation mannequins
  • A birthing simulator with newborn, an infant (6-month-old) mannequin, and a pediatric (5-year-old) mannequin.
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment (AV) supporting debriefing using recordings and live AV feeds remotely
  • An information management system which enables scheduling, monitors usage, and provides a database to capture measuring outcomes.
  • A great location just 10 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport, located on the Robert Morris University Moon Township Campus.

Join us in Fall 2015 as the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and RISE Center moves into a new and expanded building!

Here is a current list of events taking place in our community:

RMU to Welcome Simulation Visionary to RISE Center -- Dr. Suzan Kardong- Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE will be joining the RMU RISE Center team come January from Boise State University. In her time at Boise State University, Dr. Kardong- Edgren served as the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing. Dr. Kardong-Edgren is currently serving as project director for a nationally funded study on the use of a fighter pilot algorithm to maintain CPR skills, funded by the National League of Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the Laerdal Corporation. Along with working on a number of other research projects, Dr. Kardong- Edgren is also the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and also serves as the Vice President for Research for the INACSL organization. The staff in the RMU RISE Center is extremely excited to have Dr. Kardong Edgren as a part of the team.

If you want learn more about Dr. Suzan Kardong- Edgren along with other members of the RISE Center Team, please click here

August 8:  RISE on the Road -- Villa St. Joseph -- Standardized Patient and Mannequin employee training
funded by the FINE Foundation.  This is Phase I of a II Phase project with the INSPIRE (Integrating Nursing Simulation and Production to Improve Respect for Elders) Project.

Stay tuned for more information!
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